Tips For Staying Healthy When Hiking the Great Wall in Summer
Hiking the Great Wall of China is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it’s not as simple as it might seem. Weather concerns, dehydration, and a variety of other issues can culminate in a less than enjoyable experience — and even severe illness or injury. Thankfully, many of these concerns can be avoided simply by arriving equipped with the right supplies. If you’re determined to stay as healthy as possible as you hike the Great Wall this summer, be sure to follow these key steps:
1. Stay Hydrated
Water is absolutely essential anywhere and at any time, but this is particularly true on the Great Wall and during the summer. When you’re physically active and have the sun beating down on you, it’s easy to become dehydrated. It’s also easy to avoid dehydration, however. Pack plenty of bottles of water before you hit up the Great Wall. Make a point of drinking from those bottles at least once every half hour.
2. Keep Snacks on Hand
Healthy snacks can spell the difference between an enjoyable hike and low energy. Bring a blend of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to ensure balance.
3. Always Apply and Reapply Sunblock
Apply a liberal amount of sunscreen before you begin your hike. Don’t stop with that initial application; it’s easy to sweat off sunscreen over time. Continue to reapply at least once every few hours, especially if your Great Wall trip involves an intense hike rather than a casual stroll.
4. Always Dress in Layers to Be Prepared For Any Weather
The weather can shift quickly on the Great Wall. While typical pictures of Great Wall excursions depict sunshine, chilly conditions and inclement weather are also possible. Checking the weather forecast for the day can help, but it’s also wise to come prepared with multiple layers.
5. Take Vitamin C
Exposed to many people from many places, you will be uniquely vulnerable to a variety of illnesses. These can be staved off, in part, with hand sanitizer, but it’s important to also keep your immune system in excellent shape. Vitamine C supplements can help, as can a diet chock full of fruits and vegetables.
6. Carry Hand Sanitizer or Baby Wipes
PRoactive hygiene efforts can help you avoid a variety of devastating illnesses. Hand sanitizer is essential not only for restroom visits, but also after you eat or come into physical contact with the Great Wall — or any people on it. Baby wipes are convenient and can be used to clean up quickly.
7. Prevent Bed Bugs
Bed bugs might not be the norm in Beijing area hotels, but they can be found on occasion — and when that happens, they can quickly derail your trip. As soon as you arrive at your accommodations, check the furniture closely for bed bugs. These pests especially enjoying hiding within mattress folds and seams.
A few simple steps can go a long way towards ensuring that you remain healthy and happy not only while you hike the Great Wall, but also as you explore the Beijing area. You’ll never regret doing what it takes to keep yourself and those you love in pristine health.